If you’re a veteran online casino player you may have noticed (to your dismay) that very few online casinos offer no deposit bonuses these days. You may too have wondered why this has happened, after all, these bonuses were very prolific for a number of years and really went a long way in helping you to test out a new casino or casino software platform and even enjoy a few free rounds on your favourite casino game.
The main reason why few online casinos offer no deposit bonuses can largely be attributed to the sheer number of bonus abuse and fraud cases that they had to contend with over the years and the countless man hours that were invested in resolving these.
Another reason that we have seen a decline in no deposit bonuses can also be attributed to the fact that the industry is maturing and many players have realised that no deposit bonuses often carry complex wagering requirements, with many ultimately requiring a deposit to withdraw funds over a certain amount. This makes genuine deposit offers with more favourable wagering requirements a far better option for serious players. The new generation multi-deposit bonus offers are even more attractive as casinos move towards rewarding repeat and loyal casino players.
As the industry has matured, online casino offerings have also evolved with “Free Spins” and “Free Credits” offers now being the most common replacement for no deposit bonuses. Essentially they are very similar but many do require a deposit to cashout or transfer winnings to a real player account so essentially they are not free.
While we may have seen a decline in the completely no strings attached no deposit bonuses, some casinos do still offer them, but for the most part it is better in the long term to make a small deposit when trying out a new online casinos, especially for testing purposes and if you win you’ll be assured of cashout once the wagering requirements are met, with no need for additional funds to be deposited.
Another great way to try out a new online casino is to make use of the “Free Play” function. While you may not win anything, you also won’t lose anything, and if your motives are purely “testing” out the software, this can be very effective and highly enjoyable – for the short term anyway.
Microgaming powered Casino Splendido is part of the Roxy Palace Group which has really started to pay attention to player bonus and promotional offerings of late. Due to these new and improved offerings, Casino Splendido is currently offering what it calls the Super Bonus Online which is perfectly structured to match the percentage and value of the bonus offered to match your wagering needs.
Your wagering needs are determined by your VIP status due to the fact that players who wager large amounts usually have a higher VIP status. This promotion also takes into account the fact that you and other players generally enjoy playing more on week-ends and so there is are two bonus scheme offerings – one for midweek and the other for week-ends.
The Midweek Super Bonus offer is comprised of 4 VIP levels namely members, silver, gold and platinum and each receives bonuses accordingly. Members receive a bonus of 15% of the amount deposited (up to 20 credits), Silver level VIP’s receive a 25% deposit bonus (up to 100 credits), Gold earn 30% of the deposit made (up to 200 credits) and finally Platinum VIP’s are offered 30% up to 500 credits.
The week-end Super Bonus is structured much the same as the midweek bonus except for the fact that bonus amounts increase as follows: Members 15% of the deposit up to 25 credits, Silver VIP’s 25% up to 125 credits, Gold members receive 30% up to 300 credits and Platinum members 30% up to 500 credits.
As always terms and conditions apply and should be reviewed before you accept this or any other promotional offer at Casino Splendido. Different casino games also have differently weighted contributions towards the online casino’s wagering requirements with games like online Keno and Slots contributing 100%, poker games 50%, blackjack counts 2% and American Roulette counts 10% with other table games like Craps and Baccarat as well as the majority of Video poker games contributing 10%.
All things considered, Casino Splendido’s new bonus offering is one that is sure to help you maximise your game play and enjoyment.
Online eWallet payment solutions giant Neteller is currently hosting some of its own online casino related promotions that are not only exciting but will be of great benefit to casino players around the world.
First in the line-up is a limited time joint promotion with Roxy Palace Online Casino where Neteller is offering new players signing up to the casino and making their first deposit via Neteller a very special welcome bonus of $10 free. This free money can be used to try out any of Roxy Palace’s over 400 Microgaming powered online casino games and is offered in addition to Roxy Palace’s current bonus offering of a whopping $/€/£1,250 FREE. To be eligible, players must sign up at Roxy Palace before the end of May 2012.
Neteller’s second promotion is a chance to win €2,000 in a prize draw. This is being offered in partnership with Ukash, a method with which players can safely and easily fund their Neteller accounts. The offer is valid from the 15th of May until the 15th of August 2012 and to qualify all you have to do is use Ukash to deposit a minimum of €50 (or the equivalent amount when using other currencies) into your Neteller account. You will then be automatically entered into the prize draws. There will be three prize draws, each with a prize of €2,000!
So if you’re not yet a player at Roxy Palace Online Casino sign up now to claim your additional bonus compliments of Neteller and if you’re an existing player, simply fund your Neteller account via Ukash and you could be the lucky winner of €2K!
This weekend Playtech powered Casino Tropez will be livening up players’ lives with an all new unlimited 30% bonus on ALL deposits made until the 19th of June 2011. The invitation reads “Use this extra money to play our exciting, interactive Live Games and experience the atmosphere of gambling in a land-based casino right from the comfort of your own home” and we’re sure it’s an offer that won’t be refused. There is also the added bonus of up to 15% should you use any of the preferred deposit methods like Moneybookers, Click2Pay, Neteller or Ukash.
Wagering requirements on the bonus is determined by your VIP status, with Club members and VIP Bronze members required to wager their bonus plus deposit 25 times, while those in the higher VIP membership status ranks are required to wager 15 times the bonus plus deposit total. UK based players may be subject to higher wagering requirements so please check on this before accepting and playing.
Casino Tropez’s Live Dealer games have recently undergone a revamp from new atmospheric lighting to improved camera work and luxurious décor, not to mention that they now also feature a new team of easy on the eyes, handpicked professional dealers that provide excellent, friendly service as they interact with you every time you play. You can choose from Roulette, Blackjack and Baccarat on the live dealer platforms at present and the new bonus will ensure that you aren’t strapped for cash on this mid-month week-end. So get over to Casino Tropez now!
Europa Casino recently announced a new casino promotion that will make new players’ summer a treat!
From the 21st of June 2011 until the end of August Europa Casino will be celebrating summer with its new Summer Surprise casino promotion whereby new players who download the casino software and make their first deposit will receive a sweet summer treat of up to €20 free! This is in addition to the casino’s existing €2,400 welcome bonus which includes a 100% match up to €100 Euros on first deposit.
Every new player or player that has not yet made their first deposit at the casino will receive a special summer treat in the login message of the Europa Casino lobby. The “treats” appear in the form of summer themed symbols such as ice-creams, sandcastles, sunshine and sunglasses and bonus amounts associate with these range from €5 to €20 in free money bonuses. Once you’ve received your treat you just have to contact Europa Casino’s friendly customer support team to claim your bonus and play any game of your choice including some summer themed slots such as Beach Life, Vacation Station or Thai Paradise.
So if you’re not yet into the swing of summer, why not visit Europa Casino and give yourself a special summer treat that will be sure to have you in a sunny mood in no time at all!
If you’re even slightly familiar with the world of online casinos you’ll know that there are numerous different types of casino bonuses out there. The most commonly found type is the deposit bonus which has been designed to get the casino player to make a deposit at the casino. Usually these types of bonuses include a “match” feature where the casino offers to match the deposited amount to a certain percentage for example, 100% of the deposit. This means that should the player deposit $100 then he/ she will receive a bonus to the value of $100 from the casino.
Though it may seem that the player gains $100, in this example the real advantage is not 100% due to the fact that wagering requirements come into play. These are integral factors in bonus offerings that people rarely look at in the “terms and conditions” section of the offering and while they may be stated in different ways, they always have the same objective. Most commonly you’ll find that the wagering requirement is that the deposit and bonus must be wagered a specific number of times before the cashout is allowed. If you take the example of 100% on a $100 deposit, the wagering requirement could be 25 times the deposit plus the bonus, that is $200 (bonus plus deposit amounts) multiplied by 25, which give you $5000 which needs to be wagered before you can “take advantage” of the bonus by cashing out.
So if you have a total of $5000 that needs to be wagered less $200 in the account (bonus plus deposit) then the $4800 needs to be made up before you can cash out. This balance may come from two sources, firstly, any winnings you accrue during your game play and secondly through the deposit of further funds by the player. Obviously the amount from winning is up to chance but is the more preferable option because in fact the player would really have to deposit $4900 to make use of the $100 given to him/her by the casino. This effectively means that the bonus is a 2% one instead of 100% one. If winnings do come into play in the equation then the bonus percentage may be higher but as any seasoned gambler knows, you don’t always win.
There are other bonuses where should a player wager a specified amount during a promotional period, then a bonus will be awarded. In these types of bonuses, no wagering requirements exist as the requirements are already covered in the specified wagering amount to qualify for the bonus. In a recent promotion, one casino offered a $100 bonus for wagering $3500. This means that the player gets a 3% bonus.
So next time there is a “huge” bonus on offer at the casino, take a closer look at the wagering requirements and work out the actual percentage that you’ll benefit from instead of taking the offer at face value.
We’re not yet halfway through the month and already Platinum Play Casino has had two big winners in addition to numerous progressive jackpot and weekly winners across all casino games.
The month started off with Kylie J. winning $96, 935.91 on the Egyptian themed Treasure Nile progressive slot and just a week later Maria L. raked in $44,555.64 on the Cash Splash slot machine. If this is an indication of things to come at Platinum Play then the month is going to be a lucky one for even more casino players, the question is…will you be next?
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On the eve of the beginning of Easter it seemed apt to let our visitors know about Europa online casino’s special Easter promotion on offer for new players, and nothing says “Happy Easter” quite like free money!
For a limited time only this week-end the casino will be giving away $/£/€10 free to anyone who signs up, makes their first deposit at the casino and contacts customer support with the bonus code “EGGS”. Thereafter the free money will be credited to your account.
While you may not think that a $/€/£10 bonus is much, it is offered in addition to the casino’s usual $/£/€2,400 Welcome Bonus, so you’re not losing out by any means and you’ll be surprised how good it can be to have an extra tenner to play with when it comes to trying out a new game that you might not have considered before or getting in the spirit with the new Easter themed Easter Surprise Slot available at the casino.
Make sure that you have a very Happy Easter, visit Europa Casino and get your free money today!
Roxy Palace has always been one of the really great Microgaming powered casinos that we have recommended over the years. They offer over 350 state-of-the-art casino games, professional and friendly 24/7 customer support in numerous languages and regular promotional offers. Their only fault, if you could call it that, lay in the fact that they only offered relatively small welcome bonuses to new players in comparison to some other casinos. This however has changed and we are happy to announce that Roxy Palace has introduced a new €/$/£1,250 sign-up bonus offering.
If you’ve never played at Roxy Palace, then there has never been a better time to do so. All you have to do is download the software (or you can play at their browser based Flash Casino) and register a new player account in order to be eligible for their new bonus package:
First Deposit – 100% up to €/$/£150
Second Deposit – 25% up to €/$/£125
Third Deposit – 50% up to €/$/£100
Fourth Deposit – 30% up to €/$/£150
120 free spins on the Great Galaxy Grab video slot
First anniversary of your registration – 100% up to €/$/£101
Obviously you will need to complete each bonus stage to get to the next on the list, but this new deal means you’ll get more play for your money and tons more fun. Play now or read the full Roxy Palace Casino review here.
Once again the Playtech powered Euro Partners group of casinos which include Titan Casino, Europa Casino and Casino Tropez will be celebrating the Festive Season in style and with great generosity with their special Advent Calendar Christmas promotion.
Every day up until the 25th of December 2010 (Christmas Day), players will be able to claim a special bonus for that day by clicking on the specific date in the promotional calendar…just like the hidden treats in a real Advent Calendar! Although you can’t cheat like you did when you were little as you aren’t able to open any other window other than the specific one for the relevant day!
Each casino in the group will offer different bonuses on different days as each casino’s Advent Calendar is unique and promotional treats include free bonuses, free spins, wager and refund bonuses as well as bonuses on specific games. In addition to the Advent Calendar promotion, players at all of the above mentioned casinos can participate in the $10,000 Elite Challenge slots tournament which will run from 23-27 December 2010.
Sound like fun? It is! Sign up and register as a real player and be part of the Christmas cheer now!